The fund which focuses on parts of the country where involvement in arts and culture is significantly below the national average will open for applications in mid January 2020.
The new funding round will support programmes of cultural activity and engagement in 66 locations across England where people’s involvement in arts and culture is in the bottom third of engagement according to the Active Lives Survey.
The funding is for programmes that support the public in shaping local arts and cultural provision and, in so doing, increase attendance and participation in excellent art and culture. Activities must be delivered over four years and take place between 1 November 2020 and 31 October 2024.
A total of £11.6 million will be awarded in grants during this second funding round and organisations can apply for grants of:
It is expected that at least 25% of total project costs should come from other sources.
Consortia that can consist of arts organisations, museums, libraries, amateur groups, and voluntary and community sector groups can apply.
Applications will be accepted from 16 January until 26 March 2020.